What to Do In the Event of a Car Accident
No one ever hopes to get in a car accident. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Some of them are going to be your fault. Some of them are going to be caused by someone else. And then sometimes there’s just bad luck, and it’s no one’s fault at all. But regardless, there is a sequence of steps that you should follow after an accident of any sort.
You need to make sure that you call the police, call a lawyer, and work through a checklist. That’s in your vehicle that you have set up in advance. Every once in awhile, you should sit in your car and think about everything that you should do if you hit someone or get hit. There’s a good chance you may be in minor or significant shock, so you might not be thinking clearly.
Call the Police
Always call the police when you get in a car accident. Even if it’s a fender bender or does not seem to have caused much damage, it’s still important to understand the police involved. As much as everyone doesn’t want to have their insurance rates go up or deal with legal implications if you avoid calling the police, more bad things can happen later.
Call a Lawyer
After you have dealt with the police and the other people in the car accident, you should call a car accident lawyer immediately. Whoever is on the other end will make sure that you have all the necessary evidence for your case. You need to have pictures, times, information from people who are on the scene, and many other pieces of data that will help form a complete image of what happened. Lawyers understand the law and can guide you through the process to make sure insurance companies and the other parties involved do what they’re supposed to.
Have a Checklist in Your Vehicle
You can find an accident checklist online. Keep this in your glovebox with your car insurance, and your registration. If you do get in an accident, one of the first things that you should do is look at that list. If you are in shock or not thinking clearly, that list could be your best friend.
Pre-check Your Actions Regularly
Though it may sound a little strange, if you do an accident pre-check, you’ll be better prepared if the event does occur. In other words, you sit in your car and imagine what would happen if someone ran into you from behind. You would do things like get out your phone and take pictures, call the police, make sure that you get insurance information and a phone number from the person who hit you, and so on and so forth. Going through the routine once a week while sitting in your car is an excellent way to prevent stress if you do get in an accident.